Chill Digs In, Valley Continues to Shiver

Leh witnesses coldest night with minus 20.4 deg C

SRINAGAR:  The chill showed no signs of ebbing in the Kashmir region, buffeted by icy winds, with mercury continuing to hover below zero in most parts. 

Leh in Ladakh region witnessed coldest night of the season so far when the minimum dropped to minus 20.4 degree Celsius while hill resorts of Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded below minus 10 degree in the Kashmir valley where the sky remained cloudy on Thursday. 

A Met department spokesperson said there could be rain or snow at isolated places in the Kashmir valley and higher reaches in the Jammu division during the next 24 hours. 

However, during the subsequent two days, the weather will remain dry and cold in Jammu and Kashmir. 

 Srinagar whose outskirts received a slight trace of snowfall settled at -1.8 degrees Celsius, up from -3.2 degrees Celsius the night before, spokesperson said.

All water bodies were frozen when the minimum temperature dropped to lowest of the season in Ladakh.

It was the coldest night of the winter so far, breaking the previous lowest of minus 20 degree, recorded on January 21, he said. 

The authorities have already stopped supplying water through taps. However, people are being provided water through water tankers while in the far-flung and remote areas, spring water, which remains warm during winter, was being used by the people. 

There is no possibility of any major improvement in the weather during the next few days, the spokesperson said. 

At Kargil, a border town, the minimum was recorded minus 18.8 degree more than a notch below than yesterday. 

In the far-flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), besides at Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, the minimum was between minus 15 degree to minus 35 degree. 

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